With an introduction by Philipp Meyer
The wrath of God lies sleeping. It was hid a million years before men were and only men have power to wake it. Hell aint half full.
Set in the anarchic world opened up by America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy is an epic and potent account of the barbarous violence that man visits upon man. Through the host
First, he's got a personal philosophy/credo, and he punishes people who don't hold themselves to it (not unlike Chigurh from No…moreTwo reasons I suspect:
First, he's got a personal philosophy/credo, and he punishes people who don't hold themselves to it (not unlike Chigurh from No Country for Old Men). In this case it's an unwavering commitment to war and bloodshed. He saw the kid as the sole member of the party who wavered in that commitment, or at least presented himself as having that perspective.
Second, remember all of that stuff about things existing only with his consent? He sketched an ancient piece of armor and then destroyed it, and later on sketched an old cave painting and then destroyed it. I think there's something he enjoys about being a witness of something and then removing it from existence. With he and the kid the last surviving members of Glanton's Gang I think he's pretty inclined to make everything that happened in that narrative a memory for him and him alone.(less)
For those who would consider that a turn-off, I offer this caveat:
For the overwhelming majority of fiction that involves a lot of violence, the violence itself is an act of masturbation representing either the author’s dark impulse or, perhaps worse, pandering to the reader’s similar revenge fantasies (this might explain why the majority of Blood Meridian fans I know personally are ...more
Spilled...emptied...wrung out…soul-ripped...that pretty accurately sums up my emotional composition after finishing this singular work of art. Ironically, I’m sure I only absorbed about 10% of the “message” McCarthy was conveying in this epic exposition on war, violence and man’s affinity for both. Still, even with my imperfect comprehension, I was shaken enough by the experience that, though I finished the book days ago, I’m just now at the point where I can revisit the jumble in my head enoug ...more
To be certain, it is a masterpiece, a rare and unique work of literature that rises above classification and genre. And to be certain, McCarthy must be viewed as a great American writer, one of the greatest in our time.
That having been said, this book is not for everyone; it is painfully brutal, violent at it's heart. McCarthy's primitive writing style emphasizes this primal, bloody landscape like a Jonathon Edwar ...more
Trying to convey how this was so different to anything I've ever read, it occurred to me that it was like a huge black vortex that would suck early nineteenth century marriage plot novels into the void. It's the complete obverse of sweet girlie stuff: no lurve, no irony (I wonder if Cormac McCarthy has a humour mode? If he does, he certainly wasn't in it writing this), no insightful self-discovery or examination of the human heart. No, this is bleak and bloody, go ...more
This book is well written. If I'm a 11th grader, and I need to do a book report, I'm drooling over the blatant symbolism dripping from each page. The scene is set admirably, though the repetitive nature of our brave hero's wanderings (at least it's wit ...more
Ένα χρονικό αφιερωμένο στην απόλυτη αποκτήνωση του ανθρώπου.
Μια φρικιαστική ελεγεία για την αληθινή κόλαση σε κάποιον άλλον «πλανήτη» με είδωλα και σφραγίδες απο καμμένη σάρκα και αίμα.
Ίσως, να περιγράφεται ο προορισμός των αμαρτωλών και σκοτεινών ψυχών.
Ίσως ο τόπος που θα βρεθούμε μετά το θάνατο μας όλοι. Εκεί που η ψυχή πετιέται σε ένα ιριδίζον ονειρικό σκηνικό αποκάλυψης, σε ένα ερημικό, πρωτόγονο πανόραμα που η ξηρασία ποτίζε ...more
Unlike some of Cormac's other work, 'Blood Meridian' is not ...more
It's not often when I can't figure out how to summarize a book. Not only does Blood Meridian fall into this category, I'm also struggling with trying to formulate my thoughts about it. I'm sure it's one of those big important books that has themes and things of that nature. It seems apocalyptic at times, with the judge showing the kid the horrors of the world, kind of like the devil and Jes ...more
Seems like a contradiction, brutal and poetic, but somehow it works.
The story is bleak, dark, bloody but also filled with beautiful descriptions of the countryside, the desert, the people in the book. The colorful Judge is some character.
Tough book, not sure I took it all in and had to take some breaks during the read.... but hey, it's Cormac McCarthy...a grand writer he is.
It was ev ...more
Here's what I'm thinkin.
THE CORMAC MCCARTHY PROJECT
Ever since reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I've been considering the possibilities of revisiting the classics and, um, reinterpreting them. Butchering? Yes, you're probably right. Butchering them. That's the right word.
Anyway, since Cormac McCarthy has the most distinctive and powerful voice of any modern writer (that I've read recent ...more
Maybe the power of some books is just how horrible they make you feel.
It is said that McCarty's most beautiful and darkest prose occurs in this book. It is also said to be the most evil book written. It isn’t. I can name others, but you won’t want to hear them. What makes this book more evil than others is that you see all of the details of the killings in your mind’s eye. You were t ...more
That's so, said the judge. They do not have to have a reason. But order is not set aside because of their indifference.Rugged individualism.
There's a whole unholy host of words one could use in reckoning with this, some more explicated than others. Penchants for ideological idiosyncrasies and survival have shaped mine; yours are your own. May the last speaker standing still breath.
Ye carry war of a madman's making onto a foreign land. Ye'll wake more than the dogs.History, human, homicide. W ...more
Among those who would be unsatisfied with the mere word "great" and have to go furt ...more
Meridiano de Sangre está contada con un gran realismo aunque no sea una novela realista. Es una novela épica sobre la maldad absoluta y llena de simbolismos que, reconozco, no siempre he sabido descifrar convenientemente. Es un relato del infierno en un entorno infernal y con personajes inf ...more
"Dont even ask."
Unfortunately everyone did anyway and this book, where you can identify the good guys as the ones who haven ...more
Μέσα από τα μάτια του Κιντ (!!!!!!!!!! :D) βλέπουμε την αθέατη πλευρά της Άγριας Δύσης. Αυτής που τόσο καλά κρυμμένη κρατούσε το Χόλιγουντ και η ίδια η Αμερική...
Έτσι ξεκινάει η Οδύσσεια του Κιντ. Δολοφόνοι, και ...more
If the above sentence made you clutch your breast and squeal in unabashed terror, you're gonna want to skip everything Cormac McCarthy writes. No use in aggravating yourself.
McCarthy is an author's author. While people who do not write could likely marvel at what he manages in this novel, I think those who love and study the craft of writing will receive the most bang for their buck while reading this. For fuck's sake, guys, they teach this boo ...more
The novel begins with an introduction of a young teenager who's simply named "The Kid", though in fact there's no universal protago ...more
They’re riding through the mountains, deserts, muddy and dusty pueblos, leaving behind them piles of mutilated and scalped bodies, massacred people and animals as well. They’re killing all who they encounter on their road, no matter, Indians, soldiers, villagers which they were to defend. They leave no witness of their crime and iniquity. Only blood and death behind them, and more blood. They ride like Bible ...more
It is the mid 1850's, and the Glanton Gang is riding roughshod over the countryside, giving ...more
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His earlier Blood M ...more
The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man's mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.”